Toning down launch angle with strings

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
So what are the best ways to lower launch angle with string setup?

I assume higher gauges and higher tensions are 2 common ways.

But are there string types that are better for lower launch angles? Is there a Main vs Cross tension differential that would work best?
 

what_army

Rookie
Almost everyone who plays with the tc95 16x19 has had to deal with this issue at some point.

In my case what really helped was poly mains / multi crosses which locks the stringbed but also tames the launch angle down a bit. I prefer round polys but never thinner than 1.25.
 

RobS

Rookie
Stiffer strings and or higher tension. Launch angle increases with rebound speed. Rebound speed decreases as tension increases. Assuming the same string, a 10% decrease in tension increases rebound speed by around 2% and launch angle around 1*. These aren't massive differences but can be enough to keep more balls from missing long or missing into the net. If you want a lower launch with the string you currently play, up the tension 10% (or more). If you want to explore different strings, go to a stiffer string (different string type, heavier gauge, etc).
 

EggSalad

Rookie
I find multis/syn gut don’t get as high a launch angle as poly, even round.
I was coming to post the same thing.I don’t have a lot of multi experience but SynGut gives me a lower launch angle than full Poly beds. Some of thatmight be the string and some of that might be my difference in how I swing with those set ups.

I also string 8-10lbs higher with SynGut.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
So what are the best ways to lower launch angle with string setup?

I assume higher gauges and higher tensions are 2 common ways.

But are there string types that are better for lower launch angles? Is there a Main vs Cross tension differential that would work best?
Lots of good answers. I would also say that higher swing weight also lowers the angle once you have done what you can in strings.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
What are you currently stringing your mains and crosses at?
Currently using gut 17g at 58 and Cream 17g at 54. Works really well in my 18x20 frames but in the 16x19's it tends to have a significantly higher launch. I'm like to up the tension on the crosses but worry about it being a bit hard on the arm.

I get a better launch angle with 16-15L g syn gut but don't like the playability duration.

I know I should just get 16g gut/poly in there but I've got oodles of 17g string to use.

Lots of good answers. I would also say that higher swing weight also lowers the angle once you have done what you can in strings.
Done that.
 

LocNetMonster

Professional
Currently using gut 17g at 58 and Cream 17g at 54. Works really well in my 18x20 frames but in the 16x19's it tends to have a significantly higher launch. I'm like to up the tension on the crosses but worry about it being a bit hard on the arm.
I don't think you will notice 3# difference. Six, maybe, but after a couple of dozen strokes, I think you would be fine. The other option and it is a little more work: Have you tried changing your contact point?
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I don't think you will notice 3# difference. Six, maybe, but after a couple of dozen strokes, I think you would be fine. The other option and it is a little more work: Have you tried changing your contact point?
Don't really want to switch the swing too much as i still use my 18x20 frames. Rather get them to a similar launch angle through string set up as they are all balanced pretty evenly.
 

teachingprotx

Hall of Fame
Want a lower launch angle ? Look no further this string pulls down every shot from every racket I promise . I should know as I have used it in ALL MY sticks . Aramid / Kevlar strings . I use prince pro blend
 

LocNetMonster

Professional
Will this change the feel? I've never experimented with this bc I worry the racquet won't play right.
The racquet will be okay. You, the guy swinging it, maybe not :laughing: Seriously, I think it is going to depend on the string and gauges. Could feel better, could feel worse depending on your baseline experience. If you haven't done much in the way of experimenting, it will probably feel weird.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Want a lower launch angle ? Look no further this string pulls down every shot from every racket I promise . I should know as I have used it in ALL MY sticks . Aramid / Kevlar strings . I use prince pro blend
you nailed it. with full kev, good luck hitting any kind of loopy topspin shots...everything is flat man.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Currently using gut 17g at 58 and Cream 17g at 54. Works really well in my 18x20 frames but in the 16x19's it tends to have a significantly higher launch. I'm like to up the tension on the crosses but worry about it being a bit hard on the arm.

I get a better launch angle with 16-15L g syn gut but don't like the playability duration.

I know I should just get 16g gut/poly in there but I've got oodles of 17g string to use.



Done that.
fools errand
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-some of the combos I've tried ,(to tone down my sticks) in the past:

-mains/crosses same tension (y)
-fb poly works for me (y)
-thicker polys as stated above (y)
-(im not a fan of the FB kevlar, but to each their own) :eek:
-hybrids, poly mains/syngut/multi crosses, at higher tensions works well on many and/or LITE frames (y)(y)
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
Anyone find Yonex pro poly tour 1.25 in the mains to be too high a lauch angle? It's very stretchy imo which leads to high launch even at 61 lbs
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
So I put my recent Gut/Cream 17g in at 58/56 lbs (previous 58/54) and that setup is significantly better at toning the launch angle. In a couple weeks I'll be down in California and can order some strings from TW. I think Legend 15L + Cream 16g at 56/54 is going to be the perfect setup in the 107G.
 
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